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Let them eat cake! 
This week our students are learning how archaeology is like cake. We’re talking section, contexts, cuts and fills 🍰

#archaeology #cake #onlinecourse #learn #lifelonglearning
The first chapter of our online course is LIVE! What do an old map, lumps and bumps, and Pythagoras theory all have in common? Our DigVentures students will all be finding out this week!

Are you one of our students? Tell us which part of the chapter you’ve enjoyed the most so far!

#archaeology #digventures #diglife #learning #onlinelearning
The first chapter of our online course is LIVE! What do an old map, lumps and bumps, and Pythagoras theory all have in common? Our DigVentures students will all be finding out this week! Are you one of our students? Tell us which part of the chapter you’ve enjoyed the most so far! #archaeology  #digventures  #diglife  #learning  #onlinelearning 
Sam the osteoarchaeologist with a handful of cremated human bone from the Bronze Age. A few minutes later, we found a burial urn.

#archaeology #barrowedtime #bronzeage #bones #ancient #burials #finds #finding #lancashire #morecambe #northernpowerhouse #expert #science #anatomy
The 19th century engine house at Jane Pit.

Thank you to everyone in Workington who got stuck in and helped us find out more about this iconic local landmark and the town's mining history. We've had a fabulous time and can't wait to come back... fingers crossed!

Head to http://www.digventures.com/jane-pit to see everything we found.

#JanePit #Workington #Cumbria #Mining #Archaeology #LocalHistory #Outdoors #Explore #ruinporn
The 19th century engine house at Jane Pit. Thank you to everyone in Workington who got stuck in and helped us find out more about this iconic local landmark and the town's mining history. We've had a fabulous time and can't wait to come back... fingers crossed! Head to http://www.digventures.com/jane-pit to see everything we found. #JanePit  #Workington  #Cumbria  #Mining  #Archaeology  #LocalHistory  #Outdoors  #Explore  #ruinporn 
Laura, Carol and Julie - three wonderful women from Workington who signed up to help us investigate local landmark Jane Pit. Together, they managed to expose the wagon ramp and retaining wall leading up to the pit. It was here that the freshly dig coal was dumped, to be transported by rail and sea around the country and into Ireland. Nice one!

#JanePit #archaeology #industrial #britishhistory #digging #cumbria #workington #outdoors #adventure #exploring #castles #ruinporn #ruins #monuments #miners
Laura, Carol and Julie - three wonderful women from Workington who signed up to help us investigate local landmark Jane Pit. Together, they managed to expose the wagon ramp and retaining wall leading up to the pit. It was here that the freshly dig coal was dumped, to be transported by rail and sea around the country and into Ireland. Nice one! #JanePit  #archaeology  #industrial  #britishhistory  #digging  #cumbria  #workington  #outdoors  #adventure  #exploring  #castles  #ruinporn  #ruins  #monuments  #miners 
This is Ed. Ed is one of DigVentures' Community Archaeologists this summer, and if you come digging with us, chances are you'll get to meet him and soak up some of his impressive archaeological knowledge!

Ed's speciality is Bronze Age settlements, but we've thrown him in at the deep end - literally! 
Here he is up to his shoulders in 19th century archaeology (that's 3,000 years outside of his comfort zone) - an iconic ruin from the industrial revolution.

#archaeology #janepit #cumbria #industrial #britishhistory #fieldwork #outdoors #digging #digventures
This is Ed. Ed is one of DigVentures' Community Archaeologists this summer, and if you come digging with us, chances are you'll get to meet him and soak up some of his impressive archaeological knowledge! Ed's speciality is Bronze Age settlements, but we've thrown him in at the deep end - literally! Here he is up to his shoulders in 19th century archaeology (that's 3,000 years outside of his comfort zone) - an iconic ruin from the industrial revolution. #archaeology  #janepit  #cumbria  #industrial  #britishhistory  #fieldwork  #outdoors  #digging  #digventures 
This is Rachel. Rachel grew up with the ruins of Jane Pit as her very own playground. When she heard that we would be excavating this iconic ruin, she decided to sign up straight away because "I love things like this and spending most of my life playing over at Jane pit, I would love to find out more about its history. My Nanna lived opposite and always told me stories"

Her favourite thing on the dig was finding a bit of wall that was once part of the miners' cottages. "It made me think and started my imagination" she said.

Rachel, we loved having you on the dig team and we hope you'll join us again! You were a natural!

#archaeology #cumbria #janepit #workington #digging #finds #finding #mining #history #industrial #community #blueskies #exploring #discovery #adventure #rocks #outdoors #familyhistory #britishhistory #monument #memorial #mydigventureshighlight
This is Rachel. Rachel grew up with the ruins of Jane Pit as her very own playground. When she heard that we would be excavating this iconic ruin, she decided to sign up straight away because "I love things like this and spending most of my life playing over at Jane pit, I would love to find out more about its history. My Nanna lived opposite and always told me stories" Her favourite thing on the dig was finding a bit of wall that was once part of the miners' cottages. "It made me think and started my imagination" she said. Rachel, we loved having you on the dig team and we hope you'll join us again! You were a natural! #archaeology  #cumbria  #janepit  #workington  #digging  #finds  #finding  #mining  #history  #industrial  #community  #blueskies  #exploring  #discovery  #adventure  #rocks  #outdoors  #familyhistory  #britishhistory  #monument  #memorial  #mydigventureshighlight 
Archaeology puppy! Our newest recruit Monty (aka Junior Site Dog) is making his first  site visit today. He’s at the very beginning of his training and is just learning what a trowel is!

#archaeology #workingdogs #puppy #cutie #fluffy #trowel #toolsofthetrade #cavalier #cavamalt
This is Kim and Carol. Kim’s a self professed geek and so is Carol. Together, they’ve been whacking lumps of history out of the ground at Jane Pit with mattocks all morning. Archaeology is a good workout!

#Cumbria #Workington #JanePit #Lancashire #digging #archaeology #mining
Our resident technology expert has managed to figure out exactly where this photo of Jane Pit was taken from in 1875. Let’s play spot the difference!

#janepit #workington #coalmine #archaeology #excavation
This is Laura. She’s joined us at #JanePit in Workington to excavate a coal mine. Not only has she had lots of finds, she’s been keeping us going through the rain with her infectious smile. What a trooper! 
#archaeology #coalmine #workington #excavation
This is Laura. She’s joined us at #JanePit  in Workington to excavate a coal mine. Not only has she had lots of finds, she’s been keeping us going through the rain with her infectious smile. What a trooper! #archaeology  #coalmine  #workington  #excavation 
OMG OMG there's something AWESOME on the archaeology horizon!

Keep your eyes peeled for the announcement on Sunday morning - we cannot wait!

#archaeology #learning #horizon #sectionperfection #finds #finding #announcement
Just putting the finishing touches to something NEW AND AWESOME for all you have-a-go-dig heroes who love to learn!

Expect an announcement on Sunday morning!

#archaeology #lifelonglearning #reachforthestars #digdeeper
Spring has sprung! The Venturers have been out in Lancashire looking for Mesolithic flints. 
#spoddenvalleyrevealed #midpenninearts #Lancashire #Rochdale #treasurehunt #finds #finding #archaeology #mesolithic
A fistful of flints! These tiny tools were all made by human hands and would once have been used for cutting, scraping, slicing and all manner of day-to-day task in the ancient past. Our Venturers have really enjoyed examining them up close - take one and pass it on!

#spoddenvalleyrevealed #hands #flints #flintstones #mesolithic #toolsofthetrade #tools #DigVentures #archaeology #stoneage #Lancashire #Rochdale #TeamMPA #midpenninearts
Here’s John looking magnificent as we survey the Lancashire hills.

Since Tuesday, we’ve been out looking for traces of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, and other ancient monuments dotted across Spodden Valley.

It’s the first time this area has been surveyed in such detail, and we started by heading out to Hunger Hill. Just like a forensic survey team, we lined up and swept across the hillside keeping an eye out for any patches of eroded peat that might expose the ancient flint scatters we’re looking for. 
Along the way, we identified a Bronze Age monument right on top of the hill. It might not have been the hunter-gatherer camp we were hoping to find, but it did have a GREAT view across to Knowle Hill, where we’ll be continuing our search later in the week. What a bonus!

Today, we moved our search to Brown Wardle Hill. This time, we split into two teams. Team Flint went straight to the top of the hill, checking again for eroded areas erosion where we might find our Mesolithic flints. 
We were in luck! We found one piece of worked flint and two shards of chert that look like they MIGHT have been worked… we’ll have to do a closer examination to be sure! 
Meanwhile, Team Farm got a crash course in photographic surveying, which they quickly put to good use surveying the abandoned farm, which will help us to decide where to put our trenches when we return for a full-blown excavation in May!

Massive thanks to all the wonderful Venturers who came out surveying with us so far, and congratulations to Team Flint on their first discovery. It’s been enormous fun and we can’t wait to meet our next bunch tomorrow. More updates to come. Exciting!

#archaeology #spoddenvalleyrevealed #TeamMPA #DigVentures #ancient #landscape #Lancashire #finds #spodden #rochdale #finding #vista #views #spectacular #surveying #keepyoureyespeeled #eyesontheprize
Here’s John looking magnificent as we survey the Lancashire hills. Since Tuesday, we’ve been out looking for traces of Mesolithic hunter-gatherers, and other ancient monuments dotted across Spodden Valley. It’s the first time this area has been surveyed in such detail, and we started by heading out to Hunger Hill. Just like a forensic survey team, we lined up and swept across the hillside keeping an eye out for any patches of eroded peat that might expose the ancient flint scatters we’re looking for. Along the way, we identified a Bronze Age monument right on top of the hill. It might not have been the hunter-gatherer camp we were hoping to find, but it did have a GREAT view across to Knowle Hill, where we’ll be continuing our search later in the week. What a bonus! Today, we moved our search to Brown Wardle Hill. This time, we split into two teams. Team Flint went straight to the top of the hill, checking again for eroded areas erosion where we might find our Mesolithic flints. We were in luck! We found one piece of worked flint and two shards of chert that look like they MIGHT have been worked… we’ll have to do a closer examination to be sure! Meanwhile, Team Farm got a crash course in photographic surveying, which they quickly put to good use surveying the abandoned farm, which will help us to decide where to put our trenches when we return for a full-blown excavation in May! Massive thanks to all the wonderful Venturers who came out surveying with us so far, and congratulations to Team Flint on their first discovery. It’s been enormous fun and we can’t wait to meet our next bunch tomorrow. More updates to come. Exciting! #archaeology  #spoddenvalleyrevealed  #TeamMPA  #DigVentures  #ancient  #landscape  #Lancashire  #finds  #spodden  #rochdale  #finding  #vista  #views  #spectacular  #surveying  #keepyoureyespeeled  #eyesontheprize 
Getting ready for our first bit of fieldwork for 2018! Tomorrow, we're heading into the Lancashire hills with @midpenninearts to begin a survey of ancient hunter-gatherer sites. Keep your eyes peeled for flint tools and top tips from our feed on what makes the ideal spot for an ancient hunting camp!

40 very lucky people from the local area are joining us to sweep across Spodden Valley, picking up clues and recording where we find them so that we can map the places from which the valley's ancient inhabitants waited for their prey... We couldn't be more excited!

#flint #hunter #archaeology #Rochdale #Lancashire #mesolithic #camping #survey #artefact #adventure #outdoors #getoutthere #NorthWest #ancient #landscape #prey #midpenninearts
Getting ready for our first bit of fieldwork for 2018! Tomorrow, we're heading into the Lancashire hills with @midpenninearts to begin a survey of ancient hunter-gatherer sites. Keep your eyes peeled for flint tools and top tips from our feed on what makes the ideal spot for an ancient hunting camp! 40 very lucky people from the local area are joining us to sweep across Spodden Valley, picking up clues and recording where we find them so that we can map the places from which the valley's ancient inhabitants waited for their prey... We couldn't be more excited! #flint  #hunter  #archaeology  #Rochdale  #Lancashire  #mesolithic  #camping  #survey  #artefact  #adventure  #outdoors  #getoutthere  #NorthWest  #ancient  #landscape  #prey  #midpenninearts 
Just look at the face of concentration! Wouldn't you love to be so absorbed in doing something?
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If you can get to New York State in May or June, come and join our dig team and help us unearth the biggest Shaker settlement in America!
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https://digventures.com/projects/digging-darrow/
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#Archaeology #ArchaeologyLife #NewYork #NYC #NewYorkCity #Ny #Manhattan #Brooklyn #Design #Shaker #History #America #shakercabinets #shakerstyle #DiggingDarrow #DigVentures #MyDigVenturesHighlight #leggings #leggingsforlife
Just look at the face of concentration! Wouldn't you love to be so absorbed in doing something? - If you can get to New York State in May or June, come and join our dig team and help us unearth the biggest Shaker settlement in America! - https://digventures.com/projects/digging-darrow/ - #Archaeology  #ArchaeologyLife  #NewYork  #NYC  #NewYorkCity  #Ny  #Manhattan  #Brooklyn  #Design  #Shaker  #History  #America  #shakercabinets  #shakerstyle  #DiggingDarrow  #DigVentures  #MyDigVenturesHighlight  #leggings  #leggingsforlife